Something New

Hello there, do you want to see the start of something new?

I’ve had this yarn for quite a while now but I’ve been umming and ahhing about what to do with it. To be truthful, I’m still not entirely sure what it’s going to turn into but I’ve found my inspiration here.

So here are is the beginning of a new project:

 I’ve been dying to start playing with colour again, just as I was when I started making crochet baubles back in December.

My White WIP is ongoing and I can’t leave it for too long or the baby it’s intended for will arrive and grow out of it. I’ve only got the sleeves to do, so it won’t take long.

Crocheting garments is a bit of a technical challenge. There is a lot of counting patterns and making sure the size is right. My brain needs a rest from it. I need a project I can work on and watch TV at the same time. Something with a pattern I can repeat again and again like the granny stars I made before Christmas.

I wonder how long it will be before these four little motifs are joined to many others to make something pretty. Watch this space.

Birthday Treats

Well, yes, it is in fact my birthday and yes, I love having my birthday so close to Christmas.

As one gets (ahem, whisper it) older, one requires much less from a birthday celebration.

My only requirement these days is Breakfast In Bed.

As you can see from the picture, it doesn’t have to be gourmet. Tea, toast and orange juice are perfect as far as I’m concerned. I’m not sure why Son Number One thought I would like a cream cracker. May I say I don’t normally drink out of plastic lidded beakers or camping mugs. Husband deemed it wise, for son number one was intent on carrying the breakfast tray in to me. I think I may have spent the day in the burns unit if it hadn’t been for Husband’s foresight. Son Number One was soooo excited about organising my breakfast in bed. He had also been at great pains to create a specially decorated box. Grandma had helped with the gift inside. He has obviously been having lessons from his father because the box was big and the gift was…small (but appreciated).

It was probably lucky that the Middle Miss slept in while he did it. Sharing such responsibilities can be tricky for all concerned.  Luckily for me, they took their turns at giving me birthday cuddles. Even Babykins stayed asleep a little longer than usual so I could get in the shower in peace.

Do you want to see what was inside those two packages?

Lovely things. Made by mmum. There was something else too. A very cleverly made, large, paper bauble. MadebyMum’s Mum is big into paper craft at the moment of which, more evidence later…

How about my cards, would you like a peek a those?

Slushy eh?

We made a hasty exit to my Mum’s place because our hairdresser was coming to give us our pre Christmas trim. There was another present and card to open. Here is what was inside.

Isn’t my Mum clever? I told you she was into paper craft in a big way. If you are local and you want to get into this kind of thing, there is a lovely lady called Angela Dawes who runs classes from her home in Ingleby Barwick. You can find her blog, Sparkly Cards and Paper Crafts here. It’s worth a look.

It felt like there were a million things going on at Mum’s. The hairdresser was chop chopping, there was a team of men outside mending the roof who kept shouting for cups of tea and three children needed breakfast. It felt hectic because every couple of seconds we were looking out to see where babykins was. He is practically running already despite being not quite one (eight more days).

Finally, the activity subsided and some quiet crafting occurred.

Would you like to see ‘The Workshop’?

See the organisation. It’s taken years.

Middle Miss drawing a Christmas Tree

What are we cutting out here?

More of Mum’s clever papery things

Remember I said there was another gift from my Mum? A big, paper bauble? Well, the flowery things being cut out in the photos above are the start of another one. We downloaded the pattern from How About Orange. I haven’t had time to browse this blog but what I have seen looks FAB. The finished bauble looks like this (top left).

Sorry it’s not a great picture (try and ignore the background). The light was fading. It is the solstice you know, shortest day and all that.

Isnt’ that clever? The person who designed it must be really good at thinking in 3D. It really was easy to make, occasionally a bit fiddly but really, not that bad. There are next to no instructions other than ‘cut out the shapes’ and ‘slide them together’. My only complaint was that I couldn’t seem to avoid having two adjacent colours the same. I’m not mathematically minded enough to work out how many different shades I need to cut out in order to avoid  that. There are 12 ‘flowers’ all together so let me know if you are good at that kind of thing. I tried three and that wasn’t enough either. Maybe I should try 12!

So now I am having another little bit of quiet time. Babykins asleep, bigger children still with Grandma. What should I do?

Hmmm……

Birthdays don’t come everyday. You’ve got to make the most of them.

Happy Solstice.

 

 

Teaching

I posted a few pictures of my crochet baubles on Facebook and one of my friends asked if I could teach her to wield the hook. She came over today and I had a bash at getting her started. Now, I’ve never taught anyone to crochet before. I had grand visions of getting her started on her own little bauble because to me they are so quick and easy. Of course, it’s only when you start trying to explain something simple that you realise how complicated it really is! I realised that the forming of the stitches is the relatively easy part. The hard part is just mastering the holding of the yarn and learning how to create tension in it so that you can hook evenly and smoothly. Ah well, we live and learn. I’ve got an idea now of what the basic step needs to be. I’m just not sure if I will have any other takers for lessons.

In other news, my babykins is sleeping terribly at the moment. He thinks it is ok to be awake from 2-4 am. This is not good. I’d better get to bed now if I am going to have any chance of keeping up with his sleep schedule.